This was my note to myself for my next post on my blog: “#You matter; so excited when I see famous person respond to tweets on FB or Twitter.” ” Can you imagine how our students feel when we validate them and they know it.” I wanted to write about my kinders and how they feel when adults and classmates acknowledge who they are and what they can do. And then.. I saw a Twitter conversation that had me thinking about this post I was writing and the connections to “validations” “self-worth” and “#youmatter.” The implications are not only for us as the adults in the “room”, but for the students we teach. The Twitter conversation focused on people recognition and those feeling or maybe being “ignored.” It is understandable when our Ego gets in the way. And I tweeted @dubioseducator: @PeterMDeWitt @educationweek Saw @avivaloca convo here & I then take a look. Looking at it thru the lens of “sense & sensibility” #edustars This article 3 Reasons Why Your Twitter Ego Could Destroy Your Message in @educationweek by @PeterMDeWitt is worth reading and reflecting upon. In our rush to be up there with the top tier in the Twitterverse have we forgotten why we’re here? I know how thrilled I am when someone responds to a post I’ve written on my blog, or makes a comment or retweets my tweet. The “high” feeds my ego! But sometimes when we don’t get that validation, in our rush to judgment, we think of ourselves and not the “other.” Circumstances don’t come into our mindset. But I digress as I want to talk about our students who wait, want and need to know they matter. I came to realize what impact we as teachers have on making our students the focus of the learning and teaching in our classrooms. I have written about our #geniushour times and how our wonders often set the stage for incredible self-directed learning. The kinders have opportunities to see how important their ideas are to their learning. The many Twitter discussions, blogs and from @AngelaMaiers Maiers#youmatter and #choose2matter concepts resonate with me. When we put our kids first and make them “the most important constituient in the room” then we’re on the right track.”
Life is messy and it needs to be. I saw this the other day as my grandkids (visiting from Dallas) went horseback riding with their parents. Hope our ride at the end of the day is one we can be proud of.